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US troops in military drills near border of Lithuania and Belarus

Hundreds of US troops have arrived in Lithuania to take part in military drills near the border of Belarus, adding to the mounting tensions over the disputed presidential election of Alexander Lukashenko.

Fearing persecution, Belarus activists flee to Lithuania

Vilnius - A few weeks ago, Belarusian sound engineers Vladyslav Sokolovsky and Kirill Galanov were arrested for playing an iconic Soviet-era protest song at a pro-government rally in Minsk.

Tens of thousands in Lithuania form human chain for Belarus

Vilnius - Tens of thousands of Lithuanians linked arms on Sunday in solidarity with the people of neighbouring Belarus who have been holding mass protests against authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko since a disputed presidential election two weeks ago.

'We are not afraid': Belarus challenger urges protest unity

Vilnius - Belarus opposition figurehead Svetlana Tikhanovskaya on Saturday urged pro-democracy protesters to keep up the momentum, saying President Alexander Lukashenko had "no choice" but to engage with the opposition.

Challenger voices defiance as Belarus cracks down

Vilnius - Belarus opposition challenger Svetlana Tikhanovskaya voiced defiance on Friday after President Alexander Lukashenko's government opened a criminal probe into attempts to "seize power".

Tensions grow between Russia and NATO after Lukashenko election

Since the re-election of Alexander Lukashenko on August 9th both EU and US officials have rejected the results and demanded that a fresh vote be held. To counter pressure from the west Lukashenko was able to gain the support of Russian president Putin.

Beleaguered Belarus opposition finds Baltic refuge

Vilnius - Waves of repression in Belarus have turned its EU neighbours into places of refuge for pro-democracy Belarusians, with presidential challenger Svetlana Tikhanovskaya only the latest to shelter there.

Baltic states reopen shared borders for travel bubble

Kiemenai - Baltic states Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania reopened their shared borders on Friday, allowing citizens to move freely for business and pleasure in a travel bubble after two months of coronavirus restrictions.

Lithuania capital embraces al fresco dining as lockdown eases

Vilnius - Just over a week after open-air dining was allowed to resume in the Lithuanian capital, a public square named after a doctor and independence activist was hopping with diners at several dozen tables.

Baltics bring home citizens stuck at Polish border

Vilnius - Baltic states on Wednesday deployed ships, a train and a plane to repatriate hundreds of citizens stuck at the border between Germany and Poland after Warsaw banned foreign nationals over the coronavirus.

Lithuania shuts borders to foreign visitors as Balts expand virus fight

Vilnius - Lithuania said Saturday it would shut its borders to most foreign visitors while fellow Baltic EU members Estonia and Latvia imposed security measures of their own to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Lithuania marks 30 years since split that doomed Soviet empire

Vilnius - Lithuania on Wednesday celebrated the 30th anniversary of its secession from the Soviet Union, a move that heralded the beginning of the end of the sprawling Eurasian empire.

Lithuania seeks to heal Soviet trauma after 30 years of freedom

Vilnius - Seeking justice for victims of the Soviet regime to heal historical trauma has become a top priority for Lithuania as it marks 30 years since it became the first republic to break away from the USSR.

Lithuania seeks to heal Soviet trauma after 30 years of freedom

Vilnius - Seeking justice for victims of the Soviet regime to heal historical trauma has become a top priority for Lithuania as it marks 30 years since it became the first republic to break away from the USSR.

Lithuania, Norway swap spies with Russia at border

Vilnius - Russia on Friday returned two Lithuanians and a Norwegian convicted of espionage to Vilnius while NATO and EU member Lithuania freed two Russians jailed for spying in an exchange reminiscent of the Cold War.

Lithuania pardons Russian spies ahead of possible swap with Moscow

Vilnius - Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda on Friday pardoned two Russians jailed by Vilnius for espionage, an official statement said, paving the way for a possible spy swap with Moscow.

US to help secure Baltic energy grid against cyber attacks

Vilnius - The United States and Baltic states on Sunday agreed to beef up cooperation to protect the Baltic energy grid from cyber attacks as they disconnect from the Russian electricity grid.

US to deploy more troops to Lithuania for an extended period

The Defense Ministry of Lithuania has announced a new deployment of US troops and equipment to the Baltic country. The deployment will consist of US troops, tanks and fighting vehicles and will be an extended mission.

Lithuania summons Chinese envoy over Hong Kong incident

Vilnius - Lithuania on Monday summoned China's ambassador over the involvement of embassy staff in an incident at a rally in Vilnius last month backing Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters.

Baltic human chain still inspires activists 30 years on

Vilnius - From Catalan separatists to Hong Kong pro-democracy activists, the human chain that helped the Baltic states win independence from the Soviet Union three decades ago still inspires freedom-seekers the world over.
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